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Bandits Invade Ex-Gov Bafarawa’s Home, Kill Guard, Attack Nephew Days After Granting TV Interview

The Oasis Reporters

May 5, 2019

Attahiru Bafarawa.

Barely three days after the interview granted Channels Television by former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa asking for tighter border security to check the proliferation of illicit weapons bandits use for their attacks and his complaints about the rising insecurity especially in the north, the bandits have invaded his home, in his Bafarawa country home killing his security guard, Abdullahi Jijji and abducting his 16-year-old nephew, Abdulrasheed Sa’idu.

Confirming the attack, the Director-General, Bafarawa Foundation, Dr. Sulaiman Shu’aibu Shinkafi, said the attack occurred around 9pm on Friday.

The attack came barely 24 hours after the ex-Governor launched a foundation in Abuja named after him which he said would help in proffering solutions to the incessant banditry and kidnapping, particularly in northern parts of Nigeria.

Such advocacy may have angered the suspected bandits, who many say are probably young, uneducated Fulani youths who no longer have cows to herd, a traditional animal husbandry business of ethnic Fulani tribesmen, according to Kadaria Ahmed, herself said to be a direct descendant of Dan Fodio, the Fulani jihad progenitor that swept through northern Nigeria some 200 years ago, overthrowing the Hausa dynasties and installing the Fulani sultanate from Sokoto.

Dr. Sulaiman Shu’aibu Shinkafi said the gunmen, who arrived in a commando style, threatened to wipe out Bafarawa and Kamarawa villages, in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State. Shinkafi added that the bandits, armed with AK-47 rifles came on motorcycles and bought fuel in the town before attacking the house.

This attack may understandably shut the mouths of angry but vocal leaders against the insecurity in Nigeria’s north west and even Kadaria Ahmed, despite being Fulani herself has been threatened by a certain twitter user, Abdulrahman, calling her “a walking corpse’ for ‘converting to Christianity’, which is actually not the case, despite the fact that she is marrIed to a Yoruba man from Nigeria’s South West.

Attahiru Bafarawa’s case may appear to be a throwback to the inter tribal difficulties in the North West, for if it is true that the bandits are largely Fulani youths going by Kadaria Ahmed’s interview on Arise TV days after her demonstration against insecurity in Zamfara state near Sokoto state video went viral, Bafarawa is said to be Hausa, who have been under the rulership of the Fulani sultanate for over 200 years.

Northern Nigeria would have made so much social and economic progress if the Fulani who are said to own about 30 million herds of cattle had been adequately harnessed into more productive and modern methods of animal husbandry with improved breeds. If the milk industry had been properly developed into a growth sector giving Nigeria tinned, powdered milk and other dairy products fetching billions of dollars to the economy, they would not have ventured into banditry with its attendant killings, kidnappings and ransom demands that is criminally yielding millions daily into their coffers that sustains the destabilising crime industry.
This is making the nation insecure.

Meanwhile, when Daily Trust contacted, the spokesman of the Sokoto State Police Command, DSP Muhammad Sadiq, he said he was not aware of such attack on the Bafarawa home.

Daily Trust

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